Tips for Letters to the Editor

From our friends at Citizens Trade Campaign:

Letters to the Editor 

Letters to the Editor are a great way to get the word out about the TPP. Not only are they one of the most closely-read sections of any newspaper, but they are often monitored by politicians as a gauge of public opinion. Over time, letters can even influence the editorial positions and coverage decisions of a paper.

Here are some tips for getting published…

• Stick to one main point, such as “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is bad for our state because…” or “Our Senator should support the 21st Century Trade andMarket Access Act because…”

• Keep it short. A short letter is more likely to be published and less likely to be edited down than a long one.

• Find a news hook. If possible, write in response to something the paper recently published (ie, unemployment figures, a factory closure, an article on global warming, etc.).

• Be opinionated, but polite. The Letters section is meant for opinions, but avoid insulting politicians, readers or the paper.

• Include your contact info. Include your full name, address and phone number along with your email address when you submit it. Some papers will want to confirm you really wrote the letter submitted.

• Personalize the letter. Use the taking points provided in this toolkit to help craft a personalized letter. Cookie-cutter letters are often detected.

• Please send copies of your published letters to [email protected]